Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe
|2010 - Mitch Talbot||9-11||25||25||1||0||0||0||147.1||157||82||72||12||65||81||4.40||1.51|
The Twins saw Mitch Talbot back on April 22, when he logged a victory after holding Minnesota to one unearned run over six innings. Since his strong April he's had ups and downs, but he's been pretty decent for a back-of-the-rotation guy.
He has his weaknesses, in that his control can waiver from time to time--evidenced by a very lackluster walk-to-strikeout ratio. He also allows too many base runners in general. In his favor is a pretty good ground ball rate (48.3%), and a brilliant home run to fly ball rate (7.1%). Talbot will lean on the fastball (both a four-seamer and a cutter), throwing them a combined 80% of the time on first pitch and going to it even more often when he's behind. When he's ahead or working with two strikes he'll lean on the changeup a lot more often. The slider is almost used as a pitch to keep hitters from sitting fastball or changeup--it disappears when he's behind and against left-handed hitters.
|2010 - Kevin Slowey||11-6||27||25||0||0||0||0||141.1||154||70||69||19||28||102||4.39||1.29|
Kevin had a rough return from the disabled list, tossing 77 pitches and getting pulled after just four innings in which the Royals scored just two runs but notched seven hits and a walk. Slowey gets another soft-toss offense today, but he'll need to be more sharp than he was last week if he wants to pitch long enough to get a win. If he can just throw strikes today, and keep the ball out of Hafner's and Choo's hammer zones, he should be able to get through the day by pitching to contact. Hopefully.